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A man returned from shopping and found 15,000 bees in his car

Apr 1, 2021, 5:16 PM
FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, the queen bee (marked in green) and worker bees move aroun...
FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, the queen bee (marked in green) and worker bees move around a hive at the Veterans Affairs in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

(CNN) — A man who went shopping in New Mexico came back to find his car was full of bees. Thousands and thousands of them.

He called 911, as anyone would do if they returned to a car full of insects.

Fortunately for him, the firefighter who responded also happened to be a beekeeper.

The man’s car was overrun by the swarm of bees after he left his window down at an Albertson’s grocery store on Sunday in Las Cruces, the fire department said on Facebook.

“Firefighters learned the owner of the car returned from shopping, placed groceries in his vehicle and started to drive off before noticing the swarm in the backseat,” the post said.

As luck would have it, one of their firemen, Jesse Johnson, is a beekeeper in his spare time, and was called upon to come to the rescue, on his day off.

Johnson was able to bring the proper equipment to deal with the bees. It took more than two hours for the bees to be removed.

The crew estimated there were more than 15,000 bees, which were relocated to Johnson’s property outside city limits.

The department said it doesn’t usually deal with bees, but it needed to act quickly for everyone’s safety.

“A security guard at Albertson’s was stung and it is possible a few patrons may have had close encounters, but no major injuries were reported,” the department said.

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A man returned from shopping and found 15,000 bees in his car